I love honeybees. I’m a future bee keeper and I can’t wait to help bees make honey and beeswax. Until I can take care of honeybees I’ll stick to enjoying local honey and making candles from beeswax.
Beeswax has been around for ages and has several uses from cosmetics, woodworking and candles! It took two million flowers for the honeybees to pollinate to produce my one pound of beeswax in the picture below. Beeswax candles burn brighter and cleaner compared to any other candle. Beeswax candles will clean the air in your hive (couldn’t help myself!) you name it beeswax will clean it, mold and pollen to name a few.
A few things before we get started. Beeswax burns hotter than other waxes, adding coconut oil will cool the wax down so your glass won’t break. I’ve bought beeswax candles many times and wondered why the glass would break. Now I know!Â What you’ll need:
In a double broiler melt wax (wax should bee in the nesting pot) over simmering water. While your wax is melting cut and tie a wick to a pen or pencil for each jar. After the beeswax is melted add one cup of coconut oil and stir it well. Dip the end of your wick in the beeswax and adhere it to the bottom of your jar; this helps to keep the wick in place. Pour beeswax into each jar.
I was surprised how easy this project was. I blocked out two hours, but it only took forty-five minutes. Homemade beeswax candles would make a sweet gift! Happy nesting!